Harriet Lucas-Clements, Co-President
I am a third year studying Biology and Economics at Hild Bede. Over the Summer I have Interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their Investment Banking Division, and the summer before that, in an Asset Management firm, so I would be happy to speak to any of you about pursuing a career in finance! I have also previously interned with the consultancy firm Z/Yen and gained valuable communication and teamwork skills through my volunteering work. I thoroughly enjoyed building relationships with our sponsors last year as Sponsorship Officer, and am excited to be able to continue pursuing these as Co-President. I am always up for a challenge and have thrown myself into college life, playing netball, sailing and captaining the cheerleading team. This year I am looking forward to increasing the number and scope of events we run and to providing valuable internship application and career support to our members.
Jenny Avdoi, Co-President
I am a third year PPE student at St Mary’s College. My current aim is to study for a master’s degree in economics or politics once I complete my undergraduate studies. Subsequently, I am interested in pursuing a career in a boutique investment banking firm, having attended several workshops at Greenhill & Co. Outside of my studies, I play football and tennis for my college, and in 2016/17 I also acted as the Sponsorship Officer for the Durham University Economics Society. Besides, last year I was the Web Manager for Women in Business – a role that gave me an insight into how the society is run. I am excited to utilise this knowledge and the skills that I have acquired both as a part of DUWIB and outside of it, to contribute to the growth of the society. In particular, I am looking forward to further pushing our unique mentorship program, as well as continuing to work alongside our sponsors to the benefit our members.
Camilla Mawdesley-Thomas, Sponsorship Officer
My name is Camilla and I am very excited to be selected to be the Sponsorship Officer for the academic year 2017/18. I am in my second year studying Politics at Hatfield College. As well as Politics, I study French modules in order to improve my speaking skills after living in France for several months as an au pair. Having been involved in DUWIB from my first few weeks at Durham I am really excited to become more involved with the committee and take on the challenging role of the Sponsorship Officer. I have been to a variety of the DUWIB events exploring a variety of career paths, allowing me to make informed decisions about where and how to apply for internships. During Easter in my first year I attended the Deutsche Bank spring week and have since been offered a place on the firm’s summer internship programme at the end of my second year. I have also done a vast amount of other work experience from Barristers Chambers to Publishing Houses to the BBC. I look forward to working with some exciting sponsors as well as all the DUWIB exec and members.
Sabrina Allhusen, Treasurer
I am a second year Liberal Arts student, studying Spanish, Latin and Catalan. I have always been interested in the finance industry and recently completed an insight week with Somerset Capital Management in their Private Client Division, during which I shadowed senior personnel and attended portfolio meetings and fund updates. I have also had experience in accountancy and tax, law, education and charitable services. In addition, I also work part time with Oxfam GB here in Durham. These experiences have helped develop my knowledge of the different industries and valuable technical and time management skills, vital to my role as treasurer. Outside of my academic studies I enjoy an active university life, singing in numerous choirs and playing college hockey. This year I am also the treasurer of the Hispanic Society. In addition, I really enjoy travelling and experiencing new cultures. I recently spent the summer travelling and working at a girls’ camp on the east coast of America, which was a fantastic opportunity. I’m really excited about being a member of the DUWIB exec this year and encouraging women to aspire to top careers in business. I am looking forward to ensuring that DUWIB’s funds are used as efficiently as possible to the upmost benefit of all society members.
Emma Franck-Gwinnell, Web Manager
I am a second year Law student at Collingwood College, pursuing a career in investment banking or commercial law. In my first year, I completed an Investment Banking Spring Internship with Goldman Sachs, and attended several Open Days with various commercial law firms. I am also currently a Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scholar, where I spent the past summer researching modern slavery legislation in the UK and USA. In addition to being Web Manager for Durham University Women in Business, I play badminton and rugby for my college, am vice Project Director of A-Team Durham and co-Tech Manager at Collingwood College. I am very excited to work with my fellow DUWIB exec members to allow the women of Durham University insight into the industries of our various partners, and to put my social media and website management knowledge to good use.
Leonora Hobbs, Marketing Manager
I am a second year Politics student at Hatfield College, and am delighted to be the Marketing Manager for DUWIB 2017/18. I am keen to pursue a career in management consultancy, and during first year I completed Spring Weeks at consulting firm Oliver Wyman as well as at professional services firm Aon. Aside from this, I have also completed internships at the Financial Times and the Institute of Economic Affairs. My interests include learning Arabic, having studied and worked in the Middle East for 4 months, and additionally I am a keen sportswoman, playing netball and coxing for my college. Additionally this academic year I will be Treasurer for Hatfield College Netball Club. I am really excited about being on the DUWIB 17/18 exec, and hope to extend the society’s reach across the university to increase event participation and engagement.
Georgina Darbyshire, Mentorship Coordinator
I’m currently in my third year studying Geography and Business at St. Mary’s College. During my gap year, I spent nine months working at Accenture on a customer retail project for a major oil and gas client. On completing this, I was delighted to be offered a place on their 2017 Summer Vacation Scheme, university sponsorship and a graduate offer. During my summer placement I spent time on the project management team for a multinational consumer goods client. I really enjoyed being an Events Manager for DUWIB last year and am excited to continue to be involved in the society as Mentorship Coordinator this year. I am passionate about getting more women involved in all aspects of business and hope to establish worthwhile connections between students and leading women in industry.
Emily Foort, Queen’s Campus Officer
I am currently in my second year, studying Business and Management at John Snow College. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a career in consulting or banking and am keen to further utilise my skills as a member of the DUWIB exec. In regards to work experience, I have been fortunate to complete a Whitehall Sponsored internship, where I was based in the Department for Education’s Capital Funding Agency. During the internship, I worked alongside Nicky Morgan MP, and was responsible for correspondence with external clients. I have also worked in the NHS’s Finance and Human Resources departments. Additionally, I am frequently involved in charity work and volunteering. I spent last summer travelling Asia, teaching English to orphans in the poorest regions, improving their skillset and aiding chances of employment. I am also Publicity Officer for Durham’s CoppaFeel! society, which aims to increase student awareness of breast cancer. As Queen’s Campus Officer, I hope to further improve integration between the two campuses, ensuring those that aren’t based in Durham still benefit from the opportunities DUWIB offers.
Katherine Baker, Events Manager
I am a fourth year student from St John’s College reading Law, and I have just completed a year abroad programme in Canada. Being interested in both banking and law, I have undertaken work experience in both industries. Banking-wise, I have completed a Spring Week at J.P. Morgan and am currently on the GROW program at Deutsche Bank. On the legal side, I have been to many open days at law firms such as Slaughter & May, undertook the Pathfinders Scheme at Linklaters as well as the First Programme at Allen & Overy. I have also been accepted on to a vacation scheme at Ashurst this summer. Being unsure whether to choose law or banking as a career path, I know a lot about the opportunities students have in both industries. Outside of my studies I enjoy rowing, running and, most importantly, making YouTube videos. My YouTube channel (BeautyByKat08) at present has nearly 29,000 subscribers and over 2,000,000 views, and I love talking to my viewers about a range of issues, from makeup and fashion, to bullying and positivity. Through this, I am able to work on sponsorship deals with numerous companies and to try out lots of products and clothing items for free! I really look forward to being on the DUWIB exec and am excited to help expand our online presence and to host some great events during this academic year.
Emily Jones, Events Manager
I am a third year student at St Mary’s College, studying Mathematics. I have been interested in pursuing a career in banking for a long time, and this summer I have completed an internship at BNP Paribas in their Global Markets division, following a spring week there in my first year. Outside of my studies, I enjoy swimming for the Durham University Swimming Club, and have represented the team at several BUCS events. I really enjoyed being Treasurer for DUWIB last year, and this year I’m looking forward to getting involved in a different aspect of the society as an events manager. I’m really passionate about encouraging women to aspire to top careers in business, and hopefully by being a part of this society again I will be able to do so.
Josefin Malmberg, Events Manager
I am a third year Geography student at Van Mildert College. I first developed an interest in a career as a management consultant when working as an intern at Pöyry Management Consulting in 2014. Since coming to Durham, I have gained further work experience at Accenture Strategy in 2016 and participated in workshops and events at McKinsey & Company and the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Sustainability is a passion of mine, and during my internship at Accenture, I was part of the Sustainability Services team in Berlin, Germany. I gained valuable insights in business analysis and the consulting practice which combined with the chance to explore a new culture and language made this a fantastic experience. The position also led me to develop key communication and project management skills that have served me well as Environment Rep and head of the Green Committee at my college. This year, I am eager to apply my skill set as treasurer of a start-up fitness society and as events manager for DUWIB. I look forward to working together with our partners to organise exciting and rewarding events for all our members.
Grace Osborne, Events Manager
I am currently in my third year at Durham studying Geography. I’m really excited to be on the exec this year as one of the Events Managers for Women in Business. I think the events are an invaluable way to gain exposure to large corporations in a safe and friendly environment. I have attended Women in Business events since starting my time at Durham and think they are a fantastic way to gain insight into which career path might interest you, build networks and open up opportunities you might not otherwise have. During my gap year, I spent eight months working at Accenture, a Management Consultancy firm in which I worked on two client projects. Since then, I have completed a Spring Week at Barclays in their Front Office which gave me insight into investment banking and the different streams within the bank. As a result, over the spring and summer I completed an internship at Accenture working on Client deliverables and a seven-week internship at Barclays in Equity Research. Once I graduate, I hope to go into a career in either Management Consultancy or banking.
Aysha Satchu, Events Manager
I am a second year Politics student at Grey College. I am interested in both diplomacy and law and have experience in these fields as well as strategic consultancy and international organizations, having worked at the Swiss Embassy, Africa Practice, IBM, Africa Legal Network and the World Agroforestry Centre. While working at Africa Practice, a consultancy firm headquartered in Nairobi, I was doing the social media monitoring for the World Economic Forum on Africa and was part of a team planning the launch of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. I hope to use this experience in planning events in my role as Events Manger this year. This year I am also the Events Coordinator for the Durham University Politics and International Relations Society. The diversity of fields that DUWIB events explore have helped me determine what career path I wish to pursue, thus I would encourage members to attend as many events they can.
DUWIB is run by an annually selected Executive Committee. Applications for all Executive Committee positions open in Epiphany Term each year. Please check our Facebook page to see whether our applications are currently open.